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Every good superhero flick needs an even greater soundtrack and in honor of the release of Justice League, Texas blues sensation Gary Clark Jr. has given DC’s finest the anthem they’ve been looking for. The 33-year-old musician took to Late Night with Seth Meyers to debut his cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” reimagined by Clark as an explosive, bluesy piece laced with something dark and foreboding enough to satisfy rock fans itching for a harder take on “Come Together” while still sticking faithfully to the original blueprint.
Fun Fact: “Come Together” started as Lennon’s attempt to write a song for Timothy Leary’s campaign for governor of California against Ronald Reagan, which promptly ended when Leary was sent to prison for possession of marijuana.
The blend of brutal force and finesse that comprise Clark’s approach to singing and guitar playing make for a performance that harkens back to the rock and roll of our youth; gritty, unrelenting and unapologetic, offering all of the passion and fire we’re used to without the slick self-indulgence of today’s rock music. If that’s not sweet enough for you, Gary Clark Jr. recorded “Come Together” for the Justice League soundtrack, enlisting the help of producers Junkie XL and Mike Elizondo, with additional production by Sam de Jong for a studio recording that is every bit as raw and hard hitting as the version you’re about to see. Check out Gary Clark Jr.’s take on “Come Together” in the video below!